Apparently, I already have a CAMPAIGN TEAM, running my LEADERSHIP BID.
I had better address the TROOPS…
Liberal Democrats are the FUTURE.
We already have BETTER ANSWERS: cut back the Labour's excessive and intrusive burden of laws (setting you FREE); reduce your Income Tax and abolish your Council Tax (making it FAIR); make the Green Tax Switch, invest in technology, and get the railways REALLY working (turning Britain GREEN).
But a NEW LEADER should bring a NEW VISION, so here is MINE: in 2012 there will be the London Olympics. Let that be our TARGET.
Let us try and get ZERO EMISSION CARS on the roads before then – let's try and make them the GREEN GAMES, and show the world our commitment to saving the planet.
And they shouldn't be JUST the London Olympics, they should be the BRITISH Olympics, and that means that EVERY ticket to the games should include FREE, yes FREE, railway (and tube) travel from ANYWHERE in Great Britain (and a Free Ferry if you live in Northern Ireland or the Scottish Isles or the Isle of Wight and so on).
And the Olympics should be the INSPIRATIONAL EVENT for a generation. That means they must be the Olympics for SCHOOLS – and not just the sporty kids: we should also invest in OLYMPIC SCIENCE and OLYMPIC ARTS prizes. That doesn't have to be nationwide: that can be LOCAL initiatives, down to communities what they want to do to reach for the Olympic Spirit. A Brass Band Competition or a Beach Clean-Up; Community Art Programmes or Local History Groups tracing their sporting family trees: let's really push that brand.
And what an opportunity to reach out to other nations across the world but especially in the European Community: exchange programmes – with added Olympic Tickets – so that the young people of our continent can mingle and learn from each other.
It's a campaign with several crucial steps along the way – the London Mayoral race next year, the European elections the year after, local elections and ultimately the General Election, whenever Mr Frown dares to call it.
My idea is for a campaign that BRINGS TOGETHER all parts of our Party, and reaches out to every region of our country. Together we can succeed! Together we can WIN!
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